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Alcoa, Army Forge Pact to Craft Tougher Hulls

Aluminum maker Alcoa (NYSE:AA) struck a deal with the U.S. Army on Monday to design a new hull for ground combat vehicles that can better withstand improvised explosive devices and help save soldiers' lives.The New York City-based company says it will create the world's largest single-piece aluminum hull -- rather than having multiple panels -- to protect against the growing threat of IEDs that pose a critical threat to troops operating on the ground in combat zones.Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "For decades, the Army has recognized the survivability benefits of a single-piece hull due to its thickness, size and shape for ground combat vehicles," Dr. Ernest Chin of the Army Research Laboratory said in a statement. "Our collaborative effort to develop continuous and seamless aluminum hull technology has the potential to be a game changer for how combat vehicles are designed and made to better protect our soldiers."One hull will have significantly improved blast protection and da...

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